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Offline navi

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whomever/whatever/whoever
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:46:26 pm »
Are sentences 1, 2 and 3 correct:

1-Whoever talked to him, he doesn't know all of our secrets.
Meaning: No matter who talked to him, he doesn't know all of our secrets.

2-Whomever he has bribed, he won't get what he is after.

Meaning: No matter who he has bribed, he won't get what he is after.

3-Whatever he has done, he won't succeed.
Meaning: No matter what he has done, he won't succeed.

I don't think 1, 2 and 3 work.

I think this one does work:
2a-Whomever he bribed, he didn't get what he was after.

Here the tenses are correct.

Gratefully,
Navi.

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Re: whomever/whatever/whoever
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 03:54:02 pm »
Well. They are all OK - but quite formal.

If you are looking to be formally correct, I would change "Whomever" to "Whomsoever" in 2 and 2a - but there are easier ways round the problem!
Best wishes,

Duncan